Chapter 10 — A Chosen One Awakens
Aug 9, 1995 – Waco, TX – The Santa Carla Hotel – Joey and JT’s Hotel Room
“Joey, Joey wait,” JT called after Joey as he walked into their hotel room.
“That wasn’t funny at all! You didn’t have to do that to me! That was very embarrassing damn it! Everyone laughed at me!” Joey snapped as he threw up his hands and then walked over to the bathroom, grabbed a towel and started drying himself. “You did that on purpose so that everyone would laugh at me!”
“Honey, I wasn’t trying to embarrass you. I was just having a bit of fun with you. Would you please forgive me? I wasn’t trying to hurt your feelings or upset you in any way,” JT stated as he stepped closer to Joey and then kissed his lips.
“Alright, I will forgive you, but only on one condition,” Joey said as JT looked at him strangely.
“Which is?” JT said.
“Next time, don’t use your powers against me. I thought you were trying to kill me the way the water crashed down on me and knocked me out of the pool. That really hurt,” Joey said as he leaned in and kissed JT’s lips.
“I’m so sorry… Sometimes I forget how strong my telekinesis are,” JT stated as he snapped his fingers as his clothing changed. “I’ll do my best to never do that again.”
“Okay, you’re forgiven then. What’s with the clothing change? Are you going somewhere?” Joey asked.
“Yeah, we’re going out,” JT replied as Joey’s eyes lit up. “We’re all going out to a club downtown.”
“Oh,” Joey responded, looking down with a frown on his face as JT walked over and touched his shirt, using his powers to change his clothes also.
“Don’t forget, while we’re out, you have to keep your distance from me and keep it straight-acting,” JT stated as Joey frowned again and then perked up a bit.
“You know, I can really get used to you dressing me like this. I can also get used to you undressing me like that too,” Joey said, winking his eye as he leaned in and kissed JT’s lips.
“No time for that now, we have to get going,” JT said as Joey sighed as he opened the room door as the two of them walked out of the room, heading down to Justin’s room.
A Few Hours Later – A Local Night Club
“Why aren’t you four dancing? Come on, this is a night club. You have to get up and shake your thangs,” Justin said as he gyrated to the beat of the music.
“I think we’re good, not shaking our ‘thangs’,” JT said as he shook his head, keeping a watchful eye on the guys, mainly Joey, who was dancing with Lance, while Justin went back over to dance with a red-headed girl that looked rather familiar, while Chris danced with a set of twins and Joshua had drawn a crowd around him, showing off his new solo dance moves.
“We’re in a nightclub man,” Hank said as Justin waved at them, trying to get them out on the dance floor.
“We’re also on duty too,” JT stated, shaking his head as the building shook all of a sudden as a few people looked around as a few things fell from the ceiling.
“What’s going on? Is Texas known for having earthquakes?” Lance asked, moving over to where JT and Hank were.
“Something’s not right, that shaking wasn’t a natural occurrence. I think the shaking was generated by a person,” JT stated, his eyes glowing brightly. “X-Ternals, it’s time for us to rock and roll!”
“Okay boss, what’s the plan?” Hank asked, looking around.
“Get the guys to safety and let’s find out what’s causing the problem,” JT stated as the building shook once more as people started running outside.
“Look! JT, isn’t that your sister Tanya,” Hank spoke, pointing at a woman near the entrance as his clothing changed into his costume.
“Tanya? What in the hell are you doing here? Are you responsible for the shaking?” JT asked, his clothing changing into his costume as he moved over to the woman.
“I’m glad I found you. I need your help with something,” the woman spoke, standing in front of JT.
“What kind of help are you trying to get Tanya?” JT asked as he looked around, his eyes glowing brightly, his body emanating psychic energy all around.
“I need you and your X-Ternals to help me,” the woman spoke as she looked around quickly as if she was looking for something.
“What’s going on Tanya?” JT asked. “Are you responsible for what’s happening right now?”
“The only way I was able to get your damn attention was to shake things up this way,” the woman stated, floating in place as she looked around again. “I’ve been searching for you for days, trying to track down your psychic energy signature, but I got lost and I figured you had ran off to Limbo or someplace strange.”
“What can possibly be wrong that the powerful Maxis couldn’t handle things all by herself?” Hank asked as JT glared at him and then shook his head.
“Something like this,” the woman stated, handing JT a magazine as JT just looked at it strangely. “I just discovered that my girlfriend is a witch and she’s been using her powers to manipulate people in high places.”
“Wait a minute, I know her,” Justin said, looking at the woman as he took the magazine from JT. “That’s my friend… Are you talking about her?”
“Do you know Christina Merritt?” The woman asked, looking at Justin strangely.
“Yeah, I know her, she’s a good friend of mine,” Justin replied as Joshua walked over to them.
“Well then your so-called good friend is a witch,” the woman stated, turning her attention back to JT.
“Look lady, Christina isn’t a witch and she sure as hell isn’t gay!” Joshua snapped as the woman’s eyes crackled with energy.
“Girl, calm it down. I don’t need you zapping my employers to oblivion,” JT stated as the woman’s eyes stopped crackling as she sighed. “That’s better… Was that an explosion?”
“Oh no,” the woman said as she shook her head.
“What the hell was that?” JT asked, looking around as he tried to find the source of the loud noise and the smell.
“Don’t know, but I don’t like it,” Hank stated as the smoke cleared and there stood Christina Merritt, all dressed in black.
“Really Josh, the last time I checked, I don’t remember seeing you in my bed!” The woman identified as Christina snapped as she gestured with her hand as everyone was slammed into a wall. “Know, let’s get things rolling in the right direction.”
“Damn, that hurt! Now it’s my turn! I hope you like a mouthful of solar energy, because that’s what you’re going to get!” Tyler exclaimed as he jumped into the air, projecting beams of solar energy at Christina.
“Really dude? You’re throwing sunlight at me,” Christina said as she laughed as the energy beams passed through her body, not touching her at all.
“What’s up with that? My energy had no effect on her!” Tyler exclaimed, landing on the floor. “Warrior, it’s your turn to see what you can do to put her down!”
“Isalu Askomi Laschi!!!” Christina yelled as vines sprouted up from the floor, wrapping around everyone.
“That’s not good! We seem to have a big problem here. She’s speaking a different language and it sounds ancient,” JT said as he projected beams of energy from his eyes, zapping the vines. “Maxis, what have you gotten yourself into?”
“This is too tight! I—I can’t breathe!” Joey yelled as JT tried using his psychic powers against the vines, having no luck at all with his sword. “I can barely breathe!”
“Hold on Joey!” JT yelled as his eyes crackled with energy as he waved his hand in Joey’s direction, trying to get rid of the vine that was wrapped around him as his body faded away, reappeared and then was grabbed by another vine.
“These things are going to kill us!” Justin yelled.
“These things just won’t quit! I must do something to null her spell or find a way to get all of us free,” JT said as he gestured with his hand as his body glowed.
“What are you doing man?” Christina asked as she watched JT as though she was watching a star form as she had to shield her eyes.
“Stop this Christina! Why are you doing this? Why are you hurting us?” Joey asked as he struggled to get free of the vines wrapped around him.
“No, what is he doing?” Christina asked as she floated over to where JT was as she grabbed his head as he screamed out, sounding as if he were in pain.
“What are you doing to my brother bitch?” The woman identified as Tanya asked, zapping a few of the vines with energy beams from her eyes.
“Don’t you worry about that,” Christina replied as she laughed as Tanya floated closer to her, trying to grab her, but her hands passed through her body, not able to touch her.
“What is she doing to him? He’s screaming like someone’s trying to rip out his soul or something!” Lance yelled as the moonlit sky got bright as it looked as if a hole had opened between their world and heaven.
“I’ve waited a long time for this. I’ve found a chosen one. I’ve found the last human on this planet that has the power to control the earthly gateways!” Christina yelled as she laughed, continuing to hold onto JT as the energy poured from his body into hers.
“Get off of him Christina, you’re hurting him and I won’t allow it!” Joey yelled as he got free of the vine that held him as he ran over to Christina and punched her in the face.
“You will regret ever doing that to me Mr. Fallon. You’ll pay dearly for that!” Christina yelled, using her other hand to grab Joey’s face as he started screaming like JT.
“What in the hell are you doing to them?” Hank asked as Christina stood there with a smile on her face. “Why are you smiling like that?”
“Simple, I have what I want,” Christina replied, looking in Hank’s direction. “I have a powerful being in one hand that will allow me access to the earthly gateways and I have a hated enemy in the other.”
“What… Did… Joe… Ever… Do to you?” Lance asked, struggling to get free of the vines that squeezed his body tight.
“That’s none of your damn cancer Lance!” Christina snapped, looking at Joey as she laughed again. “It seems Joey here has some extra energy to spare. Had he been a regular human being, he would’ve been dead already. It seems someone’s fantasy to be a hero could be true.”
“Let us go witch!” Hank yelled as Tyler, Michura, A’Mora and Barbara tried multiple times to get free.
“The names Pythoness and I’ll never let you go as long as I have this chosen one in my grasp! You’ll be my prisoners forever!” Christina yelled as JT stopped screamed and then groaned.
“How does she know he’s a chosen one?” A’Mora asked, looking in JT’s direction. “What’s happening? Why did he stop screaming? JT?”
“Joey, Joey are you okay? Joey, can you hear me?” JT asked, his eyes glowing an eerie purple color.
“He can’t hear you handsome. For a guy, you sure are cute. If I would’ve met you a couple of years ago, before I changed and jumped the fence, maybe I would’ve loved having some fun with you,” Christina stated as Tanya shook her head.
“You’re nothing but a nasty ass bitch!” Tanya snapped, struggling with a vine, trying to get close to Christina to grab her as she was zapped with a beam of energy from Christina’s eyes.
“Call me what you want, but it doesn’t really matter anymore,” Christina stated, letting go of Joey’s face as she looked at him closely and then tossed him to the floor. “I don’t think lover boy here can hear anything any of you have to say right now, he’s dead!”
“What! No! He can’t be dead!” Lance screamed as he struggled more to get free with no luck in the process.
“What have you done to him? What are you trying to do to me? Let me go, you don’t know what you’re doing!” JT snapped, struggling more to get away from Christina and her vines.
“I know damn well what I’m doing. I’ve drained him of all of his energy and I’m going to do the same thing to you. Since you’re a super being, it seems the process is taking a bit longer than expected. When I’m done draining you, I’ll use that power of yours to open the heavens and bring forth the end of all things!” Christina exclaimed as Lance shook his head as tears slid down his face.
“You can’t do that! You’re out of your fucking mind!” Lance screamed.
“I’m not out of my mind. I’m going to cleanse this world and make it the way it should be,” Christina stated, laughing as she pointed her finger at Lance.
“No! I—I won’t let you!” JT snapped, his body enveloped in a bright light, taking on the form of a giant bird made of energy.
“What in the hell is happening?” Christina asked, looking away because the light was too bright for her to look at.
“That doesn’t look so good!” A’Mora screamed as the vines hardened and then turned to dust as JT and Joey disappeared as the light faded from the area.
“No!” Christina screamed as she looked around and then stopped when she noticed ten new people standing in the area with all of them. “What’s going on here? Where did those two go? Who in the hell are those people?”
“Christina Merritt, you have done a bad thing,” JT stated as he stepped forward from the small crowd of people. “You must be held accountable for what you’ve done.”
“Who are you and what do you think you can inflict on me?” Christina asked as she laughed, her hands glowing with energy.
“The name’s Legacy Saturn and they are Legacy Chosen,” JT stated as he moved closer to Christina. “You’ve committed an unjust offense against the planet, an offense that threatened to destroy all of reality. That cannot and won’t be overlooked.”
“Whatever,” Christina said as she laughed, waving her hand in JT’s direction, but nothing happened.
“You will be taken into custody and you will stand trial before the Elders of the Universe,” JT stated, stepping closer to Christina as she laughed again and then gestured with her hand, this time her powers working, sending him sliding backwards across the floor as he sighed, got up and then shook his head as he snapped his fingers as she’s enveloped in a bubble of energy.
“What? How did you trap me so easily?” Christina asked, trying to get out of the bubble that surrounded her body, having no luck.
“JT, what’s going on here? What happened to you and where’s Joey’s body? That bitch killed Joey!” Justin snapped as the tears streamed down his face. “Why are you just standing there, the bitch needs to go to jail!”
“Calm down Justin,” JT stated as Justin shook his hand, moving past the others.
“Where is Joey’s body?” Justin asked. “What happened to Joey? Why are you wearing those clothes? What’s going on here?”
“I will try to explain all of this later, but Joey’s not dead, he’s right over there, standing beside Legacy Neptune,” JT stated, pointing across the room as Justin turned and looked and then turned back to look at JT strangely.
Across Town – The Santa Carla Hotel – The Lobby
“Good morning, I’m Kevin Williams and I’m here to check in. Is my room ready?” A tall white man asked, standing at the check-in desk.
“Good morning sir, let me check,” the concierge responded, typing some information into the computer and then opening a folder on the desk. “Why yes sir, your room is ready and waiting.”
“Has the modifications…” the man started to say as the concierge raised a hand, stopping him.
“Everything you requested has been prepared and placed in the room,” the concierge stated as the man smiled and then looked down. “Here is your room keycard sir.”
“Thank you,” the man said as the concierge walked from behind the check-in desk and led him over to the elevator. “If I need you, I’ll call for you.”
“All right sir, you have a great morning and again, welcome to the Santa Carla Hotel,” the concierge stated as the man stepped into the elevator.
The Floor Reserved for All Star – The Hallway
“JT, are you okay? What’s going on? Why are Legacy Chosen here? I know it’s not the end of the world, is it?” Michura asked as she looked around as they all appeared in the hallway at the hotel.
“I’m fine Atlantis, I just need some rest… Where’s Joey?” JT asked as the glow around his body dimmed and then he collapsed to the floor, his body hitting like a sack of potatoes.
“I’m here honey, please—please be alright,” Joey said as the elevator doors dinged and opened as he looked over at the doors.
“What in the hell is going on here? What happened to the man that’s lying on the floor?” The gentleman asked, stepping off the elevator and rushing over to where JT lay on the floor.
“What in the hell? How did he get on this floor?” Justin asked, looking over at Barbara.
“Justin Lake? What are you doing here and who’s that with Joey and why is he dressed like that? Is that part of you guys’ show?” The man asked as the Legacy Chosen members started fading from view.
“Kevin Williams? What in the hell are you doing here?” Lance asked as he turned around quickly, recognizing the voice of the person that spoke. “Are you damn following us or something?”
“I came here to get away from the guys. I—I had no idea that you guys would be here,” the man replied as Lance shook his head.
“Okay, who are you and what’s with all the commotion?” Barbara asked as she walked over to the man. “How did you get on this floor?”
“I—I… Ah… Yeah… I’m Kevin—Kevin Williams. I don’t know what’s going on here. I was about to head to my room, until I saw all of this going on with this guy here on the floor and all,” the man stated as he looked up at Barbara like she was crazy. “By the way, what’s going on here, like I asked the first time?”
“Frankly, that’s none of your business Kevin, just leave us alone!” Joey snapped as Barbara, Hank and A’Mora raised an eye.
“Look babe what’s with all the hostility? I haven’t done anything wrong to anyone and almost all of you have jumped down my fucking throat!” The man yelled as he stood up and stepped back from Joey and JT.
“Just leave here Kevin!” Joey yelled as the man shook his head and then stepped closer to him.
“No, stay back, don’t you come any closer!” JT snapped, his body glowing and floating up from the floor as he grabbed onto Joey’s hand as the two of them floated down the hallway.
“What the hell! He—He’s… They’re flying!” The man yelled as he stepped backwards, falling against the elevator doors.
“I don’t know how we’re going to explain this one,” A’Mora said as she rolled her eyes and then sighed.
“Joey honey, what’s going on here? What’s with the black guy with all the light and the flying?” The man asked as he moved away from the elevators, getting closer to where Justin and Joshua stood.
“Honey? Don’t call him that! You’re not screwing around with him anymore!” Justin snapped, pushing the man backwards as Barbara looked at him and then folded her arms across her chest.
“Leave the man alone Justin,” Barbara stated as she zapped some ice bolts at Justin’s feet, freezing him to the spot he stood in.
“Barb? What in the hell did you do that for?” Justin asked as he bent down, trying to get the ice off his feet as he trembled.
“You stay put Justin and don’t move from that spot. Lance, Chris and Joshua, I need you guys to come with me please,” Barbara stated as she led the three men down the hall to Justin’s room.
“Justin, what’s going on around here? I’m watching things happen that I was brought up not to believe in. Can you or someone around here explain what’s going on, please?” The man asked, looking around.
“Look, these guys are our new bodyguards and they’re here to protect us,” Justin stated as the man just looked at him. “We had some strange stalkers and it seems we needed people like them to handle the stalkers. One of the stalkers, which I thought was you, had this strange obsession with Joey and the other one had one with me and they did everything they could to get to us. Hell, even Lance had a damn stalker.”
“Hey, you act like Lance isn’t good enough to have a stalker,” Hank stated, glaring at Justin as A’Mora looked at him and then shook her head.
“So you’re telling me that someone actually tried to hurt Joey?” The man asked.
“Oh stop with the lovey-dovey stuff Kevin. Stop acting like you actually care about him. Joey has moved on and you should too. You dumped him and broke his heart. Then to top it all off, you went on to marry a woman,” Justin stated as he pointed his finger in the man’s face. “Leave him alone.”
“I can’t leave him alone, I love him,” the man stated as Justin shook his head.
“He’s moved on and he’s with his new boyfriend now,” Justin stated as he looked down the hall towards Joey and JT as the two men sat on the hall couch, talking.
“He—he moved on?” The man asked as Justin smiled evilly. “So, is that guy his bodyguard? Is he dating his bodyguard?”
“Yeah, yeah he is. Why do you even care? If you’re here to do something to hurt them, I’ll step in and handle you myself. You hurt him and you hurt him badly! He doesn’t need you coming back into his life, trying to hurt him again. Joey doesn’t need that kind of hurt in his life again. After you left him, I thought he had abandoned his bisexuality and become fully straight, but I was wrong,” Justin stated as the man shook his head.
“I just told you I still love him,” the man said as Justin shook his head. “Besides, why do you care about what Joey does? You have never been one of his supportive friends in the first place.”
“You’re right, I don’t agree with him being the way he is, but I’m not going to allow you to hurt him either,” Justin stated as the ice around his feet melted a bit and he was able to get his feet free as he pointed his finger at the man, turned and then walked down the hall to his room.
Down the Hall
“Honey, can you explain what happened to me, now that you’re awake and somewhat conscious. I look like the opposite of you, just a little bit taller though,” Joey said as he giggled.
“Your questions will be answered in due time. Just don’t think about it right now and things will go back to normal,” JT stated as he noticed Justin walking towards them.
“Hey guys, are you two okay? I—I was kind of worried when you both started glowing and then disappeared the way you did, especially when Christina said you were dead. Joey, are you okay with that lunkhead back there being here?” Justin asked as he pointed towards the man that stood at the elevator.
“Not really, but I guess I better go get to the bottom of this,” Joey said as he got up and then sighed as he walked towards the man that started walking towards him.
“Joey…” The man said as Joey shook his head.
“No Kevin, what in the hell are you doing here?” Joey asked as he stopped in front of the man.
“I came here for a small vacation to get away from the other guys,” the man stated as Joey shook his head.
“How did you know we were going to be here?” Joey asked.
“I didn’t know you guys would be here,” the man stated as he reached out a hand to touch Joey as Joey stepped back, avoiding his touch. “Joey, honey… what’s going on here? What have you gotten yourself mixed up in? What’s with the clothes you’re wearing?”
“I haven’t gotten myself mixed up in anything that concerns you. Why are you even worrying about me at all? Don’t you have a wife and kid to worry about?” Joey asked, looking at the man.
“Joey, honey please…” the man said as Joey shook his head. “I’m worried about you here. This is some strange shit going on here.”
“You didn’t worry about me two years ago when you dumped me and then married that skank!” Joey snapped as he turned as the man grabbed his arm, stopping him from walking away. “No Kevin…”
“Joey,” the man said, pulling Joey close as he looked deep into his eyes, searching for the love the two of them once shared as Joey tried to pull away again as the man turned him back around and then kissed his mouth passionately.
“Joey… What in the hell are you doing?” JT asked, appearing in front of Joey and the man. “Why I ought to…”
“JT, it’s not what you think!” Joey exclaimed as JT’s eyes glowed brightly as he threw his hands up, his body expelling energy that slammed both men against the elevator doors.
“JT! What are you doing? Joey? Mr. Williams, are you okay?” Barbara asked, walking over to the two men that lay on the floor.
“His name is Kevin Williams and he’s here under false pretenses!” JT snapped, using his telekinetic powers to pull Barbara out of his way.
“JT stop! What are you doing? Let me go and keep that psychic claw of yours to yourself!” Barbara screamed as Hank, Tyler and A’Mora rushed down the hall from Justin’s room.
“What’s going on JT? Why are you holding Barbara in the air like that and why is Joey and that guy lying on the floor?” Hank asked, walking over to where Joey and the guy lay on the floor as he started to inspect them.
“They’re lying on the floor because they were doing something wrong! Joey kissed him! Joey kissed him! This is the guy Joey dated before he met me! This is the no-name boyfriend that he didn’t want anyone knowing about. This is the guy that left him, the guy that married a woman to escape being gay,” JT said as the tears streamed down his face as his body glowed brightly and then he disappeared.
To Be Continued…